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Myths And Legends Of The Celts [Paperback]

James Mackillop

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June 27 2006
"Myths and Legends of the Celts" is a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to the mythology of the peoples, who inhabited the northwestern fringes of Europe from Britain and the Isle of Man to Gaul and Brittany. Drawing on recent historical and archaeological research, as well as literary and oral sources, the guide looks at the gods and goddesses of Celtic myth; at the nature of Celtic religion, with its rituals of sun and moon worship; and at the druids who served society as judges, diviners and philosophers. It also examines the many Celtic deities who were linked with animals and such natural phenomena as rivers and caves, or who later became associated with local Christian saints. And, it explores in detail the rich variety of Celtic myths: from early legends of King Arthur to the stories of the Welsh Mabinogi, and from tales of heroes including Cuchulainn, Fionn mac Cumhaill and the warrior queen Medb to tales of shadowy otherworlds the homes of spirits and fairies. What emerges is a wonderfully diverse and fertile tradition of myth making that has captured the imagination of countless generations, introduced and explained here with compelling insight.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; 1 edition (June 27 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141017945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141017945
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic Languages at Harvard University, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Universite de Rennes and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1998), Fionn mac Cumhaill (1986) and Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, 2005). He is based in Syracuse, New York. Dr James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic Languages at Harvard University, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Universite de Rennes and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1998), Fionn mac Cumhaill (1986) and Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, 2005). He is based in Syracuse, New York.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for studying earliest Celtic society Oct. 8 2013
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An outstanding, thorough exploration of the stories that defined early Celtic civilization. I used the text as background for a study of early Irish history (pre-medieval) and it proved exceptional. It discusses the Hill of Tara, the Book of Invasions, the Tain, and many other crucial narratives that give an insightful view about how the Celts conceived of their society and their world. It is especially helpful for conveying the tribal culture and the power of orality through figures like the brehons. Not just for the pre-modern Irish reader. Readers of Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, Joyce, and other modern Irish writers can appreciate the Celtic Literary Twilight and understand these texts better with knowledge of the venerable past that MacKillop addresses.

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